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Research areas

An A-Z list of all research areas. On each research area page you will find a description of the area, along with details of and reasons for the strategic actions EPSRC intends to take. To help digest the information we have introduced visual icons to summarise particular highlights in the strategic focus of each research area. The Icons are not intended to cover all potential topics. Please use the filters to customise the listing on this page.

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Assistive Technology research aims to restore human function and/or enable independence for older people, the disabled and those with long-term conditions. Musculoskeletal Biomechanics is the study of forces and their effects on the musculoskeletal system.

The thermochemical conversion of biomass to heat, electricity and liquid fuels, for example.

The application of engineering methods to create environments and/or materials that promote cell or tissue growth and function, in vitro and in vivo.

Quantitative engineering research into the design and operation of buildings and the construction processes involved.

The capture of CO2 from power stations and energy-intensive industry and its secure long-term storage.

The study of rates and mechanisms of chemical reactions in gas and solution phase, and at surfaces.

Determination of chemical structure by spectroscopic, diffraction and thermodynamic techniques.

Encompasses a range of topics (e.g. sensors, devices, instrumentation and modelling) relevant to the development of new healthcare solutions.

Research into coastal/waterway structures, management and flood defences, estuarine engineering, reservoir/dam engineering and hydrodynamics.

The addressing of engineering challenges related to combustion dynamics through multi-scale modelling and experimental approaches.

Characterisation, modelling, formulation and processing of complex fluids (e.g. blood, creams, pastes and emulsions).

Explores the behaviour of complex systems by focusing on the interconnections of their components and on systems architecture.

The study of chemistry by computational or theoretical means and/or development of new computational and theoretical methods.

Encompasses theories, methodologies and tools for modelling, analysis, design and optimisation of self-regulating systems, with an emphasis on uncertainty and robustness of feedback systems. This research area underpins a number of others across the engineering and physical sciences research base.

Design and manufacture of electromechanical systems and their accompanying power electronic drives and controls.

The study of chemical phenomena associated with charge transfer, charge separation and electrochemical reactions at interfaces.

Assesses the effects of decarbonisation on the existing energy supply and transmission networks and how future network technologies will deal with these challenges.

Theories, methods and tools for generating, modelling, optimising, simulating and reasoning about complex engineered systems.

All aspects of fundamental fluid dynamics research applied to aerodynamics, hydrodynamics, turbulence and areas relevant to process engineering.

The study of fundamental, generic and applied concepts concerning the conversion of coal, oil and gas into electricity for grid use, and the integration of these technologies into the renewable sector.

Understanding and tackling challenges relating to ground and underground structures, geotechnics and environmental/hazardous aspects of structures.

Quantitative engineering research relating to the development of resilient infrastructure and urban systems.

Technologies that will allow manufacturing processes, products and systems to function with high efficiency/reliability and appropriate precision/flexibility.

The study and research of devices and systems to capture and utilise the kinetic or oscillatory energy of bodies of water.

Understanding, modelling and processing ceramics with respect to the properties, performance, behaviour and development of novel materials.

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